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Posts Tagged ‘STEM and girls’

An Open Letter to the Editors of Girls’ Life

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 7.21.33 AMDear Editors of Girls’ Life Magazine:

A serious &*%$! storm of anger hit my Facebook feed today when I shared this photo, which was forwarded to me by another friend who knows I’m passionate about engaging girls in STEM education.  (Clearly, I have more work to do with the STEM Princess series.)

While my book series focuses on girls ages 5-9, and that’s not your key demographic for your magazine, I respectfully am glad I never read your magazine as a girl.  If I did, I might not have chosen a STEM career.  I might not have gone to graduate school, or started my own businesses, and wrote several other books in addition to the STEM Princess series. Instead, I’d be tackling the hard work of brushing my hair, figuring out fall fashion, and how to be pretty for the opposite sex.

I have had the blessing, luck and opportunity to know many women who ARE pretty…pretty curious, pretty amazing, pretty fantastic and pretty educated.  They are also pretty awesome!  They’re also women in STEM who are changing the world one company, project and volunteer engagement at a time.  (Two examples below – the magnificent Kristin Eilenberg of Lodestone Logic speaking at Troop #1887 in Hamilton County, IN on STEM careers, and Mandi Bishop Myers on getting more women engaged in HIT on the Pharmacy Podcast, here.)KristinEilenbergBrownieTalkHamiltonCounty

If you’d like me to share my list of pretty awesome women in STEM to help the next generation of girls be what they can see in your magazine, just email me and I’ll be happy to give you a list of pretty amazing women who are actually changing the world to feature in your magazine.  Better yet, I’d be happy to write a column for it.  That is, as long as I don’t have to write about hair, fashion or chasing boys…

Sincerely,

Erin Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD, Esquire
Chief #STEMPrincess

P.S. Here’s an alternative that moms may want to consider, although I personally haven’t seen a copy of it, Kazoo.

Taking the #STEMPrincess Advisory Board Challenge 1: Find Women of Earth in STEM

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 8.32.19 AMOne of the items we discussed at the STEM Princess Advisory Board this past week was showing more REAL WORLD EARTH WOMEN in STEM.  I totally agree with this.  So, this morning I challenged myself (after my ad board challenged me) to head over to Youtube to see if I could find real women of Earth doing the gigs that each of the 20 STEM Princesses do over at planet STEM.  Game on!

A few of my results are below.  If you want the entire spreadsheet of real world STEM Princesses of Earth, I hope you’re an owner of the first STEM Princess book, because they’re all in the google doc/resource guide, which has a link to it on the back cover of the first STEM Princess book.  (If you have the book and the URL, it’s on page 2 of the google document.)  So, this one in its entirety is for the loyal and original fans of this series!

Please note: the women I’m about to share don’t endorse the STEM Princess project, necessarily – I just wanted to link up amazing women doing the STEM jobs in the real world so girls everyone CAN BE WHAT THEY CAN SEE.  If anyone objects to the links below who are the video owners of the women’s footage below, tell me and I’ll remove the link…but I hope that is not the case.

Ready?

STEM Princess                   Gig                             Real Woman of Earth Rocking the Gig

Abigail                    Aerospace Engineering              Cady Coleman at the international space station

Bella                               Bioinformatics                     Wendy Kan at Genentech

Fiona                           Forensic Scientist                  Prof. Jeni Smith, Penn State University

Grace                   Geophysicist/Seismologist          Dr. Charlotte Keen, Canada

Harper           Hazardous Materials/Toxicology     Valerie Meyers, Toxicology at NASA

I found many others.  This was an interesting study.  But I will tell you that I didn’t have much to choose from in all of the fields.

So, if you’re a woman in STEM, I’m going to challenge YOU like the ad board challenged me: to tell your story, preferably often and preferably online…so that women around planet Earth can be what they can see!

 

Beta Life

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 10.51.33 AMToday, I put book 11 to bed. Or, book 1, depending on how you look at it. It’s book 11 of mine, but book 1 of mine when it comes to coloring. Yes, #STEMPrincess3 (Or Coloring Book Beta) is off to the printers.  I’m sharpening my crayons and colored pencils in anticipation.  If you want to preorder your copy – here’s the link.  I also edited my new work bio page, and added the edited one page summary of my work this week to it.

That was not the only book I checked edits for today.  Students at Butler are cranking it out on 2 different children’s books this spring.  The illustrations in both of them are dynamite too.  Edits galore.

Last, I edited a 30-page portfolio on a project for work today–something I’ve also been writing like crazy for the past 3 weeks.  I’ve not done this before, however, so I freely admit that I’m winging it.

Everything these days seems to be in beta.  It’s all in draft format.  I’m just doing my best to keep it cleaned up as much as possible. Of course I joke that we’re all in janitorial–it just depends the size of the mess that we’re scrubbing. It’s not perfect, nor will it ever be–but if it’s tidy, I’m a happy camper.

That, and I just don’t think I can stare at a computer screen anymore today….